Project implementation committee virtual reunion
Caño Martin Peña communities are still strong and the pandemic did not stop Resiliency Centers / Community Kitchens Project. Since the last time you, our dear supporters heard from us another emergency disrupted the country and the world. The COVID-19 Pandemic has stop the world. The Governor of Puerto Rico decreed a lockdown that lasted almost three months and the restrictions still continue although they are some flexibilites. This means that by executive order, community centers cannot be used for activities that were regularly carried out and had been previously reported. However, we keep working with things that we can control. During the lock down the project implementation committee have continued to meets virtually to re-assign tasks that can be done remote. Also, has been discussing the new reality of COVID-19 and re-thinking a creative way to continue the path to build the Resiliency Centers / Community Kitchens. Remotely we were able to hire a project manager, also develop the RFP through a participatory process to create a space which can hold Resiliency Centers / Community Kitchens. Recently, we resume the face-to-face work continuing with the process of design and visiting the schools to resume the activities with all the precautions and following the Government guidelines.
On other hand, the arrival of the year 2020 brought an earthquake event to Puerto Rico. Some structures were highly affected although the schools where our Resiliency Centers / Community Kitchens project will be carried were not affected. However, this event has raised a red flag on how structures have been built in Puerto Rico, which is why the structural evaluation of the two schools has taken on great importance. Seismic activity in Puerto Rico continues to be very active and it has continued to tremble. Maintaining the safety of residents is very important in this project while developing a space that will be enabled to deal with emergencies. A preliminary inspection was carried out, but structures need to be more secured. In order to strengthen the structure, the project needs additional funds. This will allow have community centers suitable serving people during hurricane and earthquakes emergencies.
These are communities that despite adversities have the ability to rise. In this few years Puerto Rico has to face bravely three emergencies: Hurricane Maria, earthquakes and a Pandemic. Now, more than ever, it’s crucial to build spaces that allow community members to have a safe space. The project needs to continue raising funds for these centers to fully reach their potential as resiliency centers and community kitchens that can continue serving people during emergencies, they need the self-sufficiency that solar energy and rainwater harvesting can provide. Also, strengthen earthquake resistant structures. With your support, and through partnerships with volunteers and other allies, we can fully furnish the centers with what they need to succeed.
Site inspection Resiliency Centers